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Q: I recently replaced my cell phone due to the 3G shutdown, but I read somewhere that the shutdown might affect my medical alert system as well. Is it true?
To respond: In 2019, mobile carriers began announcing that they were phasing out 3G networks to make way for more advanced network services and that they would completely end 3G services by early 2022. This type of network transition is similar to the phasing out of 2G by carriers. technology to make room on their spectrum for 4G services. Shutdown or “timeout” of 3G networks will affect many older cell phones and tablets, but may also affect other devices that rely on 3G networks to function, such as GPS systems, vehicle SOS services, home security systems and certain medical devices.
The last day to access 3G networks varies by company and may change:
AT&T shut down its 3G network on February 22, 2022.
Verizon has announced that it will complete the shutdown of its 3G network by December 31, 2022.
T-Mobile will complete the shutdown of Sprint’s 3G CDMA network by March 31, 2022 and Sprint’s 4G LTE network by June 30, 2022. It also said it will shut down T-Mobile’s 3G UMTS network by July 1.